Thursday, April 12, 2012

Foodie Friday: Book Launch Party & KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway


Welcome to Foodie Friday. I'm giving away a Kitchenaid mixer to celebrate the publication of A Teeny Bit of Trouble, my ninth book (and 8th novel). It's the second installment of a mainstream mystery series, which was kicked off by last year's Gone With a Handsomer Man. The books feature the adventures of a cook named Teeny, and they're set in Charleston, South Carolina and in the fictional town of Bonaventure, Georgia (a little Savannah). The books involve bulldogs, comic situations, a mystery, a little romance, food galore, Rainbow Row, and lots of red velvet cake.


The winner of the mixer will receive a copy of the book. But I'm also giving away 6 copies of A Teeny Bit of Trouble. If you've already bought the book and would like a copy of either Gone With a Handsomer Man or one of my previous novels/cookbook, just email me. I'll send you a complimentary book, your choice.

To enter the contest, be a follower of Rattlebridge Farm and leave a comment about your favorite food memory. The contest ends Wednesday, April 18th, and the winners will be announced next Foodie Friday (more about that later).Be sure to stop by Between Naps on the Porch for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a copy of A Teeny Bit of Trouble. My friend Susan, of BNOTP, has created a gorgeous tablescape, complete with red velvet cupcakes and an adorable vignette with a bride and groom. It's one of the most charming tablescapes I've seen, and I know you'll love it, too.


Upcoming Event:
Read about the THE TEENY TEMPLETON COOK OFF
next week for the April 20th Foodie Friday
You can cook one of Teeny's recipes or your favorite Southern dish--or put your party hat on and invent a wacky name for a favorite recipe (such as I'll Get You My Pretty Pralines, And Your Little Dog biscuits, too, or Butt out of my Life BBQ. The list is endless!
Of course, normal recipes are welcome, too.
Look for a second great giveaway next week!

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116 comments:

  1. Ooooh! Lovely! Congrats on your book! I can't wait to read it! Just in time for my vacation!

    My favorite food memory was when I was on a yacht in Alaska and I caught a 25 pound halibut and I cleaned it and grilled it for dinner that very evening! Twas the BEST!

    Rainey @ The Project Table

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  2. What a fabulous giveaway and congratulations on your book! I can't wait to read it.

    One of my favorite food memories is going to pick fresh strawberries at a nearby farm with my mom and newborn daughter in the springtime. They were the juiciest and most delicious berries at one of the sweetest times of my life.

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  4. I just finished reading A Teeny Bit of Trouble today~ loved it as much as GWAHM! I'm having SERIOUS food cravings and ready for the next set of Teeny's misadventures :)

    What a generous giveaway~ I was the happy recipient of a new mixer for Christmas and obviously I have Teeny's newest book, but would love a signed copy of GWAHM since I loaned my copy and didn't get it back! One of my favorite food memories is my grandmother scrambling eggs and serving them on my teaset with orange juice in my teacup :)

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  5. Hi Michael - it's been weeks and weeks since I've joined you for FF. Congratulations on your newest publication!!

    I think my very favorite food memory was watching my mother make eggplant parmesan when I was very, very young. Either that or the time she made a pan of yummy rice krispie treats and decorated them with various candies.

    Happy Foodie Friday!!

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  6. My favorite food memory is of my mother baking with me with my Easy Bake Oven...I've loved desserts ever since!

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  7. What an exciting giveaway!! I already follow your blog .... so my favorite food memory?

    It would have to be 16 years ago, after my husband I were married. We had only been married about 3 months and decided to host our very first dinner party. I spent all day making eggs noodles with Shrimp scampi sauce and setting a table (that was made for four) for eight with cutsie Teddy Bear dishes.
    It was a very simple meal, but was part of a supper that our guests lingered over for hours. We laughed and talked, genuinely enjoying ourselves. I'll never forget that night (besides being our first time to have guests), but it was the foundation of friendships that are still cherished today.

    Looking forward to reading your newest book!!

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  8. One of my favorite food memories would be the Italian Cream Cake that my mother always baked for my birthday. Not only was it delish, it was something I looked forward to and dearly miss.

    Thanks for hosting!
    xo
    Pat

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  9. One of my favorite food memories would be the Italian Cream Cake that my mother always baked for my birthday. Not only was it delish, it was something I looked forward to and dearly miss.

    Thanks for hosting!
    xo
    Pat

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  10. I am a follower! My favorite food memory was when I was really young. I remember my mom making chili and I hated it, I snuck next door to my grandma's house and had her eat it for me, then I pretended I ate it myself. Funny, because now I love chili.

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  11. I can't WAIT to get the new book!!! I loved the first one and can't wait to see what Teeny has been up to lately :)

    My favorite food memory would have to be when my husband and I were first married. We didn't have a lot of money (he just entered the military) and couldn't afford to spend a lot of money on groceries so I bought a lot of pasta and we would eat it sometimes four or five nights in a row. Now after almost 20 years of marriage and the ability to afford groceries we still enjoy having pasta. It reminds us of how far we have come and are blessed with all we've got ♥

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  12. Congratulations, Michael Lee, on your newest publication! I loved GWAHM and would love to read the new one. Hmmm, my fondest memory food memory would be being a new bride and cooking for my hubby. He loved everything and still does, almost 42 years later!!!

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  13. Congratulations Michael Lee,
    I am so excited my book came today and can't wait to read it this week end.

    One of my favorite food memories is making fresh fruit pies with my Grandmother in the summer, and cooking them in a wood burning stove. There is a certain taste that the wood gives the pie, that makes it very special, along with all the love of course.

    Hope you have a wonderful week end and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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  14. I cherish the recipe of my grandmothers for her fresh strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream and pecans....I won't share it with anyone!! It brings back great memories...I have enjoyed following your blog for the past year!

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  15. A baked spaghetti pie that our housekeeper made every Friday. Try as I may...and I've tried a million times, I cannot make it like she did. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!!

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  16. So excited about your new book!

    Favorite food memory... nothing pops out for me at the moment but always have a great time in the kitchen, especially now with grandchildren gathered round the counter. :)

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  17. Thank you so much for the party! Thank you for the opportunity as well. My favorite food memory is cooking for my family at the age 11 and everyone loving what I made!

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  18. WONDERFUL! Congrats on your new book, can't wait til I win it BNOTP!!..lol Thank you for the chance on this fabulous giveaway. If I win it, I have an American address as well. My fav food memory was my mother's noodle soup, made from scratch by her! Still my fav. as mother still mkes it. Thank you for the great food party. Enjoy your weekend.
    FABBY

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  19. One of my favorite food memories is of my honeymoon. We found this hole-in-the wall bakery that made the most indulgent brownie cookies. I've never been able to recreate the recipe or find anything close in any other bakery. Those cookies signify the beginning of our marriage.

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  20. Congrats, ML! Can't wait to read your new book!
    Coming from an Irish family, there weren't too many stellar food memories. Salt and pepper were the staples of the spice drawer! My mom did make a fabulous mile high apple pie a few times a year, I have never had a crust like hers, but of course it was never written down!
    Thanks for the chance to win, I posted it on my blog.

    I posted the recipe for cupcakes with a cherry filling center, dipped in chocolate and topped with fresh whipped cream. Heavenly!

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  21. Thanks for such a generous giveaway! !

    My favorite food related memories are from my childhood - running home from school and ALWAYS having a fresh home cooked meal waiting for me - hot chapatis made fresh everyday with my favorite curries and yogurt - friends were always welcome, and my friends loved to eat at my place. Am glad to pass that to my child :)

    Thxs for taking me back thru memory lane and being thankful to have fresh food each day :)

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  22. Oh, yes, include me in the giveaway! My favorite food memory was every Saturday morning was baking with my mom as she gathered her three daughters in the kitchen and we made breads and pies and cakes for the weekend. We often did mostly the dishes as we didn't have a dishwasher and there always seemed to be another dish to wash. My sister got an Easy Bake Oven and we got to bake our own little miniature goodies in that and I loved making and eating those. Baking is still a wonderful event for me.

    And Yes, I am a follower and a lover of all the foods Teeny loves!

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  23. Congrats on the new book! I saw one of your books the other day while I was out shopping ... it was neat to see 'you' on the shelf!!

    My favorite food memory ... so hard to choose. My first 'big' meal I made for my family when I was in early high school. My best friend and I made a huge Mexican feast. I wasn't real familiar with avocados yet, and bought the hardest ones I could find - I thought the soft ones were 'past their prime.' Needless to say, the guacamole that night wasn't very good.

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  24. Congrats on the new book, I can't wait to read it. My favorite food that my mom made - 3 way tie - chicken soup, meatballs and eggplant parm. One better than the next and mine only come a little close to hers! xo

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  25. Congratulations on the book, am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

    Memory of a favorite meal...eating my Dad's clam chowder for the first time...didn't know he even knew how to cook as he only heated things up that Mom cooked when we were kids! Turns out he was a great cook in his later years.

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  26. I am new to your blog & your books by way of Susan @ BNOTP. I sure don't know how I've missed you & your books, but I sure look forward to loading them onto my nook & reading them all!
    I have several food memories(could explain a weight problem) but my favorite is probably the fact that every year of my life my mom has made me the same birthday cake~~scratch angel food, lightly coated with butter and finely ground walnuts. It is SCRUMPTIOUS!

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  27. Hi darling, what a thoughtful and generous give away.. I cannot wait to read Teeny's lastest adventure..looking forward to getting it..
    My favorite food memory... the first thing that comes to mind is the year Mr. P was running for Presiding Commissioner. We had a huge hog roast with all the sides a person eats at a hog roast...with money being tight I decided to fix a lot of sides. You cannot have a hog roast with out baked beans. His grandchildren were small wanted to help, we're all in the kitchen I get ready to take 5 gallons worth of baked beans out of the oven, the pan slipped and ALL of the baked beans ended up in the bottom of the oven..I want to cry, shout anything. Looked at those darling faces and just sat in the floor and laughed. That was over 20 years ago.. thanks for bringing such fun times close to the surface... laughter is good for the soul. Congratulations on your latest book.. hugs ~lynne~

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  28. Michael Lee, my copy of Teeny's latest should arrive tomorrow. Can't wait to read your newest! What a generous give away. Looking forward to cooking up a post for next Friday's party. ;-)
    Congratulations on this new book! You know I'm a FAN.
    ~ Sarah

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  30. Thanks for hosting, as always. I'd love a KitchenAid or a copy of your latest so I'd say my favorite food memories are with my Grandma who raised me. Her home was the kind where the kitchen truly was the heart where everyone gathered. She and I were night owls and would stay up watching episodes of Cheers and MASH while she cooked or baked. My memory of her making rice pudding (the first I'd ever had) is pure magic. The scent of vanilla floating on the breeze through the kitchen windows and the sound of crickets chirping are as alive in my mind as if they only happened yesterday. Anytime I make rice pudding, I'm right back in that kitchen with her.

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  31. Congratulations on your book, can't wait to read it. I would LOVE to win the mixer!! My favorite memory is when I would spend the night with my grand parents and waking up to the smell of bacon,coffee and biscuits! (My mother did not cook breakfast.) chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  32. New follower...and from the sound of your new book, I think I'll soon be a new reader! My fav food memory is my Mom's fried chicken...we used to have it every Sunday for supper, with gravy and mashed potatoes.
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  33. My favorite food memory: hmmmmm...there are way, WAY too many! However, I have to say that one of my favorites is dining in Door County, WI, at Donnie's Glidden Lodge restaurant right on Lake Michigan in the summer, when you can gaze at the beautiful lake. And what do I eat???? The escargot are fabulous! I love those things!

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  34. Oh, and by the way...I have been following you for a while!

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  35. I would love to win your new book. The Kitchen Aid would be awesome as well. :-)

    My favorite food memory was from my college days. Our family rented a house on the beach in Florida. My grandparents rented the house next door to us. Somehow my grandparents wound up with a bunch of local seafood. That night, my grandmother, my mom and I all sipped wine in the kitchen as we made my grandmother's version of Coquilles St. Jacques. It was the best time I had ever had in the kitchen and I will never forget preparing that meal. I learned so much and dinner was amazing that night.

    Congrats on the new book. Can't wait to read it.

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  36. Hi Michael,
    I just became a Rattlebridge Farm follower #1837 and I'm so excited about reading your new book. I won a copy of CWAHM in a giveaway last year. And, I would love to win a copy of your new book too. I love your blog and learn so much more about cooking and enjoy the beautiful food related photos. My favorite food memories are on my 15th birthday my mom and dad gave me a real fresh pineapple to eat. We had always eaten canned pineapple and I just love pineapple. It is my favorite food. But life is so funny. I married a man that can't stand the smell of pineapple so for 52 years I haven't served pineapple...but I sure buy a can of pineapple once in a while and sit and eat the whole thing. LOL P.S. My kids love pineapple and they eat it all the time.
    xo
    Betty

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  37. Congrats on the book launch Michael, that's so exciting! Please count me in for the give-away, I had so much fun with Teeny last year:@)

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  38. I forgot to add my food memory (it's early:@)... It would have to be twice baked potatoes at Christmas at G-Mom-B's house! Everyone loved them and really looked forward to them.

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  39. My favorite food memory is popping popcorn on the stove on a saturday night.

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  40. Congratulations on your latest book. That's wonderful news. What a fabulous giveaway.

    I'm a follower. My favorite food memory is eating an anchovy for the first time. I was a teenager and I was with my parents in a restaurant in a big city and I ordered a Caesar salad. I had never seen an anchovy before and I ate the whole thing. Wow, I thought I was going to die, but of course I didn't and I like anchovies to this day, just not the whole thing at once (smile).
    Sam

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  41. I'm a follower of your blog. My favorite food memory is a place in Virginia that I visited when I was there. I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but I can sure remember the food they served. It was the best! Congratulations on your latest book.

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  42. Congratulations on your new publication. I am looking forward to reading it.

    My favorite food memory is the joy of both eating and smelling my grandmother's yeast rolls. I have tried to make them but they are never as good as hers.

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  43. My favorite food memory...

    I would often stay with my grandma over the summer as a child. She lived in Georgia. I remember getting up with her early in the morning and watching her make a giant breakfast for the entire family. She made the best cornbread and cinnamon rolls. She would get up at 5am and make a feast every ... single ... morning! She's also the only woman I know that would be making breakfast and lunch at the same time on a daily basis. Ah, I miss her! :)

    Amazing giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  44. I've been unofficially following you for some time, and now with such a wonderful give-away I am an official follower!

    My favorite food memory is attending a yearly charity festival and there would be a line of 'grandmas' set up with their deep fryers outside under trees. They were cooking my favorite indulgence, ole bollens, sprinkling them with powdered sugar using paper sacks. Yum!

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  45. Nice giveaway, already a follower. Congrats on the next book and here's to lots of success.

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  46. Oh, I can't wait to read your new book! My favorite memory is watching my grandmother make butter in her churn. I still have the wooden butter mold that she used.

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  47. How exciting!

    My favorite food memory is my mom's fresh baked bread. When I was a kid, she would bake bread often, and while it was still hot we would cut into it and spread butter and honey onto it. There is nothing like bread hot from the oven.

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  48. Congratulations on your new book! I am looking forward to reading it! My favorite food memory is a dinner date we took several years back on our anniversary - we went to chateau Elan. Their buffet held such marvelous food - the atmosphere was beautiful and our time together memorable.

    Thank you for hosting and offering this giveaway,

    Kathy

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  49. What a fabulous giveaway! My favorite food memory is the wonderful Christmas breakfast my mom always made. It was such fun to help!

    Karen

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  50. My favorite memory of food is Coconut Creme Pie that my Aunt Ruth used to make. I miss her and miss the fact that I'll never get to taste that delicious pie made by her.

    Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

    Gretchen

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  51. I have just a few pages left to read in Gone With a Handsomer Man and can't wait to read Teeny's next book. I enjoyed it so very much Michael Lee. And what a great giveaway! My old KA is almost 40 years old and I would love beyond words to win a new one. Here's hoping. My favorite food memory is picking apples with my grandmother so she could make apple pie. Sigh...that was so long ago.

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  52. Oh such an exciting time! I am always so inspired by your sight and count on Foodie Friday to inspire my next weeks menu!!
    Vickie

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  53. Congratulations on the book. My favorite food memory is my tasting my mothers chutneys and pickles.

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  54. I'm so excited to read the newest book in the series! I loved the last one. As for a favorite food memory...I have so many. In fact, I just realized that many of my memories have food involved!

    I guess I'd pick my first experience with crab legs. The place was The Oyster Bar in Sarasota, FL. It is no longer there, but was a favorite with the locals for decades. I was with my parents and my husband, we were all happy and having a great time and crab legs can be tricky (and funny) if you don't know what you are doing.

    Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on the book!

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  55. What a brilliant giveaway for a book I can't wait to read!
    My favorite food memory is when my Dad would cook. My mother was a wonderful cook. But when my Dad made his famous Two Bellies Bacon Mac & Cheese with Tomatoes and his moist and delicious roast beef or his amazing Rueben sandwiches, it was a memory to last a lifetime! I really miss him and his delectable and memorable food creations.

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  56. What a wonderful giveaway! My favorite food memory is growing up on a lake in Michigan, going to the farmers market for fresh corn and shucking the corn before my mom boiled it....nothing like fresh corn on the cob with butter....yum!

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  57. My favorite food memory is when I was young and my grandmother lived with us and would make delectable treats, like blintzes and bake wonderful studels. The house would be a delight for days.

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  58. My favorite food memory has to be when I travelled internationally for the first time ever which was special and memorable. Mediterranean food which I savored and enjoyed.

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  59. I cherish the memory of my mother baking leftover pie dough with cinnamon, sugar, and butter for me. Such a simple thing and yet, so delicious.

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  60. How exciting!!!! I just found you this week from Susans blog. I ordered Gone With a Handsomer Man and Mermaids in the Basement the other day. I am super excited to get them so I can read Gone With a Handsomer Man, before I read your new one.

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  61. Your book was released on my daughter's birthday :) Congratulations on your new novel, Michael. I'm looking forward to reading the further adventures of Teeny Templeton!

    My favorite food memory is the first time I made cream puffs when I was 11 years old. I was in awe of how they puffed in the oven!

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  62. Congratulations on the new book! I think you really bring out the best culinary results in people...just looking down your post makes my mouth water!
    My favorite food memory is probably being in the kitchen with my brother when we were little...he used to 'play' the Swedish chef like from the Muppets. (We watched it every Sunday night, I think.) That's probably one of the fun reasons I love to cook so much!

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  63. I have many food memories, all having to do with celebrating a special occasion with my family including Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. When we would would all be together no matter what home the kids would have to sit at a seperate table and one cousin would always pile mashe potatoes on his plate before adding everything else on top no matter what it was. Such great memories.

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  64. I just found your blog and so glad I did. My favorite food memory is harvesting and canning our fruits and vegetables. Thanks.

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  65. Wonderful giveaway :)

    My favorite food memory is going fruit picking with my family. We always came back with an assortment of fruits that we could use in pies, jams or eat on its own. It's nice to be outside trying to find that 'perfect fruits that is not under-ripe or over-ripe.

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  66. So excited about your new book. Can't wait to read it!!! And again, you have a WONDERFUL giveaway.

    One of my favorite memories with food is sitting around a newspaper-covered picnic table at the lake, everyone wearing t-shirts over their bathing suits, and cracking crabs. My mom would make Crab Enchilada...oh the scents! It still haunts me...And of course, we had lots of Cuban bread to sop up the sauce. Pure heaven...
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  67. I just found you from BNOTP and am now following!
    Oh, so many good food memories...had a spectacular mushroom salad years ago at a restaurant in Los Angeles which is now closed.

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  68. Congrats on your book launch! It sounds great! Thank you for hosting!
    Sherry

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  69. I am a long time happy follower! I loved Teeny Bit and can't wait for the next! Congrats!
    My mom was a great cook and I try ro make all of her recipes, but she made the best stuffed cabbage and I have not duplicated it!
    ~Nancy

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  70. One of my favorite food memories is making chocolate chip cookies from scratch with my children. Once the chocolate chips were stirred into the batter, there were promptly 4 spoons "testing". The "remains" were baked for the hubby/daddy who just doesn't get why anyone would want to eat the raw dough!

    (Like you on FB)

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  71. Can't wait to read the new book! Yay!!

    One of my favorite food memories is of snitching pieces of raw potpie dough my grandmother would roll out on her kitchen table. Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Potpie is one of my all time favorite foods and nothing compared to my late grandmother's homemade potpie and her noodles.

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  72. Michael Lee, I loved the book. I had the red velvet cupcakes that were made by our local bakery. They wre great. I'm planning to make my own for the next PTA event which is in May. Thanks to Teeny for giving me the inspiration.

    Food fo me, unfortunately, I love cake, and my hips show it. lately, I've been in cookie mode. Cookies aren't my forte, so I stick to the basics - peanut butter or oatmeal. They only last a couple of days since my family eats them straight out of the oven.

    Shirley

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  73. My favorite food memory is making cinnamon rolls in winter. Whenever it snows, I can taste the rolls even before I cook them. I have a really good recipe for cinnabons and use it several times during the season. When I top them with the icing, they are always a hit.

    Shirley

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  74. sounds like a fun book to read!! thanks for the chance to win a signed copy and the mixer OHHH got my fingers crossed!!!

    my favorite food memory was every year at Christmas watching and helping my Grandma make Apple Salad she has been gone now for several years and I so miss sitting there watching and helping her and no one elses even comes close to tasting as good as hers..

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  75. My favorite food memory: I grew up in Southeast Texas. My grandpa and I would sit out on the back porch during rain storms and eat sliced cantaloupe listening to the rain rattle on the tin porch roof. Here I am 30 years later and I still crave sliced cantaloupe during a thunderstorm.

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  76. Love your blog! My favorite food memory is making tamales with my husband and having such a good time in the kitchen together. Kitchenaid mixer sure would make it a lot easier to do again. We are moving to the Texas Hill Country and I promised him this morning that we will make tamales in our new home.
    Can't wait to try some of the new posts!
    lcessner@gmail.com

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  77. Michael Lee, I just opened a box from Amazon with my copy of "a teeny bit of trouble"!Oh I am so surprised and so very very happy! I'm going to give teeny a big shout out on my blog!
    Thank you! How kind!!!!
    I wish you great success with your new book!
    xo Yvonne

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  78. I am a very happy follower!!

    I was very happy to receive your book today along with Lorie Wilde's The Cowboy Takes a Bride...Thank you so very much...a great giveaway...you are so generous to include your fabulous book!

    OK...now to my favorite food memory:

    I have traveled to many cities...eaten at many beautiful restaurants from NYC to San Diego to Dallas to New Orleans....However, my greatest memory of a food experience was in Japan.

    My mother and I traveled to Japan to visit with her family...We went to a very fine noodle restaurant..

    You must know that my mother taught us girls that we should always act like perfect ladies...never to chew gum (as it made us look like cows) and never to speak so loudly and never have your mouth so wide open when you talk (so you don't look like a horse)...always used animal comparisons!

    When eating at the Noodle establishment in Japan...it was very NOISY..noisy from the patrons slurping very loudly...for in the Japanese culture, slurping was a sign that you are enjoying your food...Well..my mother said I had to slurp...Slurp?? How rude..you did not raise me to slurp..never to eat with our mouths open..etc...Well, she was not happy with me as I could not bring myself to slurp my noodles and make such noise...However, I must say they were the best noodles I ever had....even without the noise!

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  79. Just found your blog and love it! I love how you use original ideas and then mix it with layering. Your tablescape designs are very creative and have given me a new inspiration. I'm a New Follower.

    When I was little with my other 3 brothers and 2 sisters, we would help my mother at Christmas Time with cracking all the walnuts by hand for Christmas cookies. We would sing songs and listen to my mother tell us stories about her family and all her traditions. I'll never forget those special memories.
    We would love to help her make her favorite cookies.

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  80. Congratulations on the publication of your newest book! Love, love, love them!

    My favorite food memory is Christmas baking with my grandmother, mother, aunts & sister..in a "teeny" kitchen!! All of us grabbing samples & getting in trouble with G-ma!

    I am your newest follower, sent over from Susan :-)

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  81. Just discovered your blog. Awesome giveaway!!! My favorite food memories are eating my both of my grandmothers' cooking and spending time with my family :)

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  82. My favorite food memories are coming home after school and smelling fresh baking bread and some kind of wild game roast cooking. We always had homemade bread around.

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  84. Thank you for hosting and many congratulations on your new book

    am already a follower so my favourite food memory is, The time when my stove broke down one Easter sunday morning and I had to cook a four course Easter lunch on an open fire. there were tears, tantrums and more but it all worked out and lots of laughs were shared between family & friends! :)

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  85. What a great giveaway!!

    My favorite food memory was when I was a little girl. I stayed with my grandma a lot because of my mom's medical issues, and grandma always was always working in her kitchen. She would spend whole days it seemed, baking bread, making pasties, cooking yummy smelling food. She would let me get on my little step stool next to her make my own little loaf of bread in a tiny bread pan she had just for me. I remember while it was rising in her big ceramic bowls near her old time heat registers, going over to peek at the dough underneath her flour sack dish towels. Then when it came out of the oven, I would slice my little loaf while it was still warm, slather it with butter and eat it right up. I would give anything to be back in grandma's kitchen next to her, even just for one day.

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  86. Congratulations on your newest publication!
    My favorite food memory was picking strawberries with my mom and then helping her make jam and jelly and of course strawberry shortcake.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your drawing.
    Carol

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  87. What a great giveaway. I'm looking forward to reading your latest book. I have lots of good food memories but the one that comes to mind at the moment is of the Norwegian treats that my grandmother used to make around Christmas time. I sure do miss her and them!

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  88. Loving all of your books as I do, I can't wait to start reading A Teeny Bit of Trouble, I've been waiting for this one for such a long time.

    My favorite food memory is baking Christmas cookies with my grandmother. Her kitchen was small, but always warm, and always had something good baking in the oven. She had a rectangular farm table in front of a large window that overlooked a small orchard of apple and cherry trees. It was here that we would sit cutting out and decorating cookies. Unlike my mother who was more of a traditionalist when it came to decorating cookies, my grandmother let me make cobalt blue and sunny yellow icing to decorate mine. They were hideous, of course, but I appreciated her letting me indulge.

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  89. I can't wait to read your book. My favorite food memory is of my Grandmother standing at her kitchen counter making biscuits in her huge wooden dough bowl. Oh how I wish she had left that bowl to me.
    I would love to have a Kitchen Aide mixer, have wanted one for years!!
    Great giveaway, thanks so much.

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  90. My favorite good memory is of my sweet Grandmother standing at her kitchen counter making biscuits in her huge wooden dough bowl, I sure wish she had left me that bowl when she died.
    Great giveaway, thank you. I have always wanted a Kitchen Aide Mixer!

    Mary L

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  91. Great giveaway! I have always wanted a Kitchen Aide mixer. Thanks!
    My favorite food memory is of my sweet Grandmother standing at her kitchen counter making her wonderful biscuits in her huge wooden dough bowl. I was so hoping to inherit that bowl when she died but I didn't. :(

    Mary L

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  92. I'm a new follower of your blog. A favorite food memory is the wonderful meals my mother prepared when I was young and all my siblings were still at home. I'm the youngest of six and this was in the 40's. Mother was a wonderful cook from Tennessee, however she raised her family in California. Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

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  93. My favorite food memory was making fry bread with my family. I swear my earliest memory was eyeing the stack just dying to steal one and savor it. It's still one of my favorite foods because it takes me back to a warm lovely place with family contained within a few chewy mouthfuls of bread

    I'm a pinterest follower-immortalb4

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  94. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Or, I could win....fingers crossed

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  95. I am a follower and would love to win a mixer! Or a book! Thanks for hosting. My favorite food memory would probably be from when my two boys were young and we would pack up a simple picnic dinner and head to a park. Simple food always tastes so good eaten out-of-doors with a beautiful view! ~Roberta

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  96. I can't wait to read your book, great giveaway. I have always wanted a Kitchen Aide mixer and would be so happy to win the one you are giving away.
    Mt favorite food memory is of my grandmother standing over her huge wooden dough bowl making biscuits that would melt in your mouth. I miss her and those biscuits so much.

    Blessings,
    Mary L

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  97. Congrats on the launch of your book, Michael! I ordered mine before it was released and got it loaded on my ipad the day it came out. I have been dying to read it but I want to wait to read it while traveling on Friday....Christine

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  98. I am a member of Rattlebridge Farm. My favorite food memory is when I was a little girl and my and my friends would cook in clay pots outside the house using 3 stones as the stove and just create fire using some wood and paper under the pot....Christine

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  99. My favorite foodie memory is all of the prep and the making of a date nut roll candy with my grandma as a child ...boxes and boxes to be gifted to all of the relatives for the holidays.

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  100. My favorite food memory is making Fugasa, which is a Italian Easter Bread. Every year growing up I helped make it with my mom and nonna, then just my mom when my nonna passed away. My mom is gone now, too but I have tried to carry on the tradition with my daughter.

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  101. I am so enjoying A Teeny Bit of Trouble - what a wonderful book!

    My favourite food memory is of my late Dad barbecuing on long summer evenings when I was very little. While the meat was cooking I would hover round chattering to him. He would cut tiny pieces from the outside of whatever he was cooking (the outside always cooked first) and give them to me. He'd call them 'tastesez' (he'd say it 'taste - euh - sez') and let on that I mustn't let my Mom see him giving them to me - although of course she knew, and didn't mind. Being so little though, I thought it was a big secret, and loved it. So did our labrador, Suzie, who often got a tastesez or two as well! :)

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  102. Love your blog!!!!! Thank you for such a great giveaway .My favorite memory is my dad's fried chicken . It was sooooooo good! Yvonne. Yvonneester@yahoo.com

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  103. My favorite food memory is making up a new recipe (lasagna patties) and having everyone rave about them.

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  104. So many favorite food memories..... but I'm going to have to go way back to my youth. My grandmother always had fresh veggies on the table during the summer month...she canned so winter too, but always yummier in the summer. She made what we fondly called grandma beans. Green beans cooked all day long with bacon, onions, red potatoes and love. My entire plate was filled with them and my dinner consisted of only beans! Never could duplicate them.... boy do I miss my grandma.

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  105. Congratulations on your book! That's such a happy and exciting news.

    My favorite food memory is from my childhood when I was still living in Hong Kong with my brothers and parents. My Grandma and late Grand Father would visit us every Sunday and bring treats and Dim Sum (Chinese small dishes) to our house and we enjoy Sunday brunch together. Nothing beat enjoying good food with family and loved ones.

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  106. LOVE your blog! Covers two of my most favorite things--food and books. I volunteer at our Escondido library where our Teen Librarian was honored as a Mover and Shaker in that seme issue!

    One of my favorite food memories is my oldest sister's wedding many years ago, All our Hungarian relatives brought homemade pastries to the reception and I didn't stop eating them until my Mom insisted I "leave some for the guests . . ."

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  107. I just got your book yesterday and can't wait to start reading!!!! Love your beautiful blog!!

    My favorite food memory has to be the first pot roast I ever made after I was married 27 years ago. I hadn't cooked it long enough and it was pretty tough. My new husband told me I probably shouldn't make that ever again. It took me 15 years to try it again and by then I knew a little more about cooking. I prefer baking now - so much more fun!

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  108. Thank you for the amazing giveaway . I'm a new follower! I found you on Between naps on the Porch. My favorite food memory is my Dad's fried chicken. That was my very first recipe to ever cook for my Mom & Dad. Now it's my family's favorite . Congratulation on your new book.....Yvonne. Yvonneester@yahoo.com

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  109. One of my favorite memories is of southern summers with my cousins in Texas. I must have been about 7 or 8. Nanny and Papa smiling, sitting cross-armed under the big old pecan tree running a water hose of fresh, cold well water over a freshly picked watermelon. Papa in his cover-alls; Nanny in her housedress. All of us cousins running around barefoot, sun burnt, and hair flying like wild children chasing fireflies in the twilight as we bickered about which of us got to be the next to sit on the bucket and who was strong enough to crank the handle for the home-made ice cream. We would attempt to settle the matter with games of leap frog and Red Rover, Swinging Statue, and any number of games we could conjure … anything we could manage that allowed us to roll in Papa’s thick, cool St. Augustine grass until we would hear Papa complain that the ice cream crank was “gettin’ rusty”, which was our sign that all the hard work had paid off. Tumbling over each other, like puppies (we probably smelled like them, too) we’d pile on top of each other, grabbing spoons and bowls and wedges of cool, sloppy watermelon - taking bites bigger than our mouths should allow. When I think of homemade ice cream, I see six sticky, barefoot little cousins on a hot, sultry summer evening holding sparkling mason jars filled with fireflies and grinning from ear to ear. Papa made the best ice cream in all of Tom Green County as far as I was concerned and to this day I'll never find ice cream that good. Perhaps it was the anticipation that made it so good. I don’t know, but I do know the memories make it sweeter all the time.

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  110. One of my favorite memories is of southern summers with my cousins in Texas. I must have been about 7 or 8. Nanny and Papa smiling, sitting cross-armed under the big old pecan tree running a water hose of fresh, cold well water over a freshly picked watermelon. Papa in his cover-alls; Nanny in her housedress. All of us cousins running around barefoot, sun burnt, and hair flying like wild children chasing fireflies in the twilight as we bickered about which of us got to be the next to sit on the bucket and who was strong enough to crank the handle for the home-made ice cream. We would attempt to settle the matter with games of leap frog and Red Rover, Swinging Statue, and any number of games we could conjure … anything we could manage that allowed us to roll in Papa’s thick, cool St. Augustine grass until we would hear Papa complain that the ice cream crank was “gettin’ rusty”, which was our sign that all the hard work had paid off. Tumbling over each other, like puppies (we probably smelled like them, too) we’d pile on top of each other, grabbing spoons and bowls and wedges of cool, sloppy watermelon - taking bites bigger than our mouths should allow. When I think of homemade ice cream, I see six sticky, barefoot little cousins on a hot, sultry summer evening holding sparkling mason jars filled with fireflies and grinning from ear to ear. Papa made the best ice cream in all of Tom Green County as far as I was concerned and to this day I'll never find ice cream that good. Perhaps it was the anticipation that made it so good. I don’t know, but I do know the memories make it sweeter all the time.

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